The Jeep Grand Cherokee L is the latest release from the iconic American 4×4 brand, and while it’s fully inherited its heritage off-road features and capabilities, it debuts a slew of new features and technologies.
Just ten years ago, the Jeep Grand Cherokee became one of Australia’s best-selling SUVs. In 2014 he sold 16,582 units, surpassing the Toyota Prado (16,112 units) at the time. VFACTS new vehicle registrations report sales of just 1,780 units in 2022. what happened?
Well, we think a lot has happened to whip up the perfect storm for large SUVs, aided by the countless safety recalls issued in Australia.
But now there’s an all-new model built with more modern roots, a fresh face, and significantly updated technology. Can you get your buyer back? Let’s see.
There are three trim lines for sale in Australia: Night Eagle, Limited and Summit Reserve. Starting prices range from $82,750, $88,750 and $115,950 (excluding on-road fees). It’s expensive, but you can get a lot of cars for your money.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited – THE SPECS
engine: 3.6 liter V6 petrol
output: 210kW@6400rpm / 344Nm@4000rpm
contagion; infection: 8 speed automatic
Drive type: four wheel drive
Wheel: Front and rear: 20×8.5, 265/50
Tare weight: 2190kg
Power weight: 10.42:1 (kg:kW)
formal Fuel economy: 10.6L/100km
Economy during testing: 12.1L/100km
Fuel capacity/type: 87L/91Lon
Power efficiency: 19.81kW:L/100km
0-60km/h: 4.00 seconds*
0-100km/h: 8.65 seconds*
60-110km/h: 6.13 seconds*
1/4 mile: 16.24 seconds at 142.0km/h*
Maximum acceleration: 0.726g*
100-0km/h Braking: 3.34 seconds at 41.17 meters*
Maximum deceleration: -1.152g*
Decibels at idle: 39*
Peak Decibel at 60-100km/h: 84*
*Numbers tested by PerformanceDrive today.Factory claims may vary
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited – Package
All are powered by a 3.6-litre ‘Pentastar’ V6 petrol engine producing 210kW and 344Nm, fed via an 8-speed automatic transmission to a four-wheel drive system. It’s a shame Australia doesn’t have the 5.7-liter V8 HEMI option offered overseas, and there are even ‘4xe’ plug-in hybrid options available in some markets. Instead, the V6 petrol carries over from the previous generation. More on that later.
The Grand Cherokee L Limited looks like a classic Jeep with its iconic 7-slot grille and rugged, bold lines. The exterior has been updated with modern touches such as slim LED headlights and taillights, adding to the sporty-looking 20-inch aluminum wheels. There are also black accents around the windows and door handles for street appeal. makes you feel We love the design. I believe that the characteristics of the previous model, which has been loved for its handsome and tough looks, have been firmly inherited in this model.
I’m not a huge fan of the 20″ alloy wheels on the Limited, mostly because they’re full chrome and unrefined, with a basic 5-spoke spoke pattern. I think they’re very American and go hand in hand with the rest of the styling theme, from the back you can see the long continuous roofline and the big interior and he’s a long wheelbase of 3092mm you can get a hint of This makes him 242mm longer than the 300 Series Land Cruiser and 17mm longer than the current Nissan Patrol.
Impressive interior. Not only is it spacious and comfortable, but it also features a classy design. The main 10.1-inch touchscreen is easy to use, runs Uconnect 5.0, and is angled to match the contours of the dash. I like the climate control buttons on a separate panel below so you can easily adjust them while driving and there’s plenty of storage space for everything. There are enough charging sources, such as sockets. And it’s just right in front.
The driving position is pretty good, but the big steering wheel makes it feel like a truck—perhaps what the Jeep was going for. I like the slightly heavy and chunky feel of the doors to support the Jeep’s rugged, rugged nature.
The back is about this size. The 2nd row legroom is ridiculous and the benches slide so he can prioritize the 3rd row space if needed. On the back of the center console, you’ll also see different charging port options, including a suitable 150W/230V household socket, so you don’t even have to worry about keeping your devices charged.
The second row operates with a flip-and-slide mechanism, leaving plenty of access space to climb into the third row. Legroom is very good here as well, with a recessed ceiling adding extra headroom. Did someone say USB port? Yes, there are four more (USB and USB-C on each side) in the third row. Family road trips couldn’t be easier. Some climate vents in the C-pillar also ensure optimum comfort.
Surprisingly, considering the external dimensions, there is nearly 500 liters of luggage space even with the third row of seats installed. 487L capacity is enough for weekly shopping, family school bags and random knick-knacks. In fact, it’s similar to what you’d get in a midsize SUV. It is 1328L when the third row is folded and 2395L when the second row is folded. There is another power socket in the trunk (12V) and a plastic tub under the floor, perfect for storing wet and dirty items.
On the safety side, a number of active safety systems are presented, including blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, cyclist detection, traffic sign recognition and surround view cameras. ANCAP does not provide safety ratings.
In our opinion, the best thing about the cabin is its practicality and simplicity. There is enough space for adults in rows 1, 2 and 3. And Dash offers a great user interface experience with his one of the best touchscreen systems we’ve seen in this class. I also like the range of physical buttons that surround the screen for important or commonly used functions, but the screen menus have a lot of depth. There are also some interesting real-time offload pages and displays.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited – THE DRIVE
You never guessed it, but in fact the new model is built on the same platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia, called the Giorgio Layout. and modified to accommodate a large cabin while still supporting heavy-duty 4×4 running gear. Speaking of which, the Limited comes with Jeep’s Quadra-Trac I active 4×4 system and Select Terrain driving mode, as well as a single-speed active transfer case.
Ground clearance is rated at 215mm, which isn’t very impressive to be honest. The 20.6-degree approach angle and he 21.5-degree departure angle are also not particularly attractive. Also, the ground clearance he has is greater at 245mm and 273mm. Technically, the Grand Cherokee L is not in the same class in Australia, instead competing with the likes of the Toyota Prado.
It’s a bit of a shame that this aging petrol V6 remains. It is an excellent engine that has won numerous awards. But now it’s getting old and feels like it lacks the torque that such a big SUV deserves, with max torque at 4000rpm. Not only does it rev relatively high for a large SUV, but it also puts out only 344Nm.
Many modern 2.0-liter turbo petrol 4-cylinder engines produce over 350Nm, often at low revs. This basically means it’s constantly spinning, noisy and busy. The Torqueflite 850RE 8-speed automatic – based on the famous ZF 8HP – seems tuned to maximize the engine’s capabilities. We often see peaky engines and gearboxes paired and hunted for the optimum rev range, but this is not the case. It is appropriate and decisive.
This V6 engine sounds pretty good. Almost DCT-like, I’m sure you’ll hear a quick purp even during full-throttle upshifts. Performance is a little below average for this kind of setup. Large SUV petrol V6. Using the driveway and his Vbox Sport, he clocked 0-100km/h in 8.65 seconds. For reference, I measured the Toyota Kruger V6 (GX) at 7.60 seconds, the Hyundai Santa Fe V6 at 8.00 seconds, and the Palisade V6 at 8.01 seconds.
The official combined cycle fuel consumption is 10.6L/100km. That’s not particularly good compared to more efficient competitors, especially the turbodiesel and hybrid packages currently out there. At about 1037km, the trip computer displayed his reading of 12.1L/100km.
With the Giorgio platform, the new Grand Cherokee L clearly has a good foundation. On winding roads it handles well up to a point. And that point could be higher than most SUV owners expect to be able to push or want to push. However, compared to some SUVs I’ve driven in this class, the Jeep can feel shaky and fuzzy on the same roads when pushing the steering wheel.
I experienced a strange shunting sensation at times, mainly when encountering small bumps on the road. I felt it not only when I stepped on it hard, but also during normal driving. Since it is a very long vehicle (5.2m), it is common for the feedback to be later than for smaller vehicles.
However, it does not exhibit excessive body roll, pitch or squat during braking and acceleration. In fact, body control is pretty good for a large SUV. This is not a buoyant road barge like some of its rivals. The ride is comfortable, but a little choppy at times. And despite its sizeable footprint, it’s fairly easy to manage in the suburbs.
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited – Video
2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited – THE VERDICT
From bold exterior design to outstanding interior amenities, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Limited is an interesting choice in the demanding large SUV market segment. Fans of the brand will appreciate its off-road readiness, but hardcore enthusiasts won’t enjoy the relatively low ground clearance and long wheelbase. It doesn’t bode well for off-road driving, or economical low-end torque.
For us, the most enjoyable part of this car is the interior. It’s very practical, easy to use, and doesn’t look cheap. Nice design. Jeep engineers seem to have spent a good deal of time listening to their customers and applying their most sought-after attributes.
– Excellent Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen
– USB and USB-C ports everywhere you look
– Passenger space and luggage space
– Consistent and nice design inside and out
– V6 lacks low-end torque and is pretty thirsty
– Feels like a truck to drive; shunting/pulsating feeling on bumps
– Much more expensive than its Grand Cherokee predecessor
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